Monday, June 25, 2012

Midsummer Revel

Litha or the Summer Solstice is one of the "Seasonal Sabbats" celebrated by Pagans around the globe. It is the time of the longest day (12H 59M here in the Philippines) and the God is at the peak of it's power. To those who believe that the Gods are individual entities (like me) and not just facets of a Duality, I celebrated this Sabbat honoring the Sun Gods from different Pantheons and belief systems. We gave offerings to Ra, Belanus, Baldur, Lugh, Apollo, etc. and celebrated Their feast.

Since Litha is also the time to ask for healing, we also asked the Gods to send healing energies and strength to some of our friends who are not feeling well. We feel that by channeling the power of the sun, we could alleviate what they feel, give them strength, virility and vigor. 

We went to one of the private parks in Catalunan, Davao City to celebrate the Sabbat. Members of the Arcana gathered and prepared for the feast. When the ritual finally started, we opened it with the traditional Wiccan circle opening and some friends who are practicing Native American Shamanism did their greetings to the ancestors and the spirits of the place as well. The ritual was magickal and the place is very enchanting- some of the blades of the cogon grasses are moving without wind, a "spot light" shone directly to the ritual circle and the animals celebrated with us. 

We feasted on the herbed flat bread that was prepared and we ate it with some wine. We also left some milk for the fairy folks as an offering for letting us use their place. 

Blessed Litha to all!

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Boys of Cosplay-June: Nico Bonita

Guys, meet Nico!
One of the more "mysterious" members of TACOSEN (Tagum Cosplay Enthusiasts), Dominique or Nico (popularly known as Pikot) is always seen in the sidelines and never on the limelight. This 22 year old is a graduate of BM major in HR from St. Mary's and a regular in Cosplay events here in Davao. Though he admitted that he is not really into Cosplay and is with Tacosen because of his love of Anime, we coerced Nico to dress up (dress down) as Gray Fullbuster from Fairy Tail and featured him in our Boys of Cosplay for June. 

This charming chinito was also modelling for Tagum's Tourism Office. He is a man of few words (literally) and when asked why he Cosplays, he just said that he does not. I also asked him about the dream character he wishes to portray and he just replied "I don't know". 

Well, let's just hope that Nico will be interested enough to include Cosplay as an extension of his love for anime. You get to see Nico in his T-Shirt and Maong during Cosplay events, helping out members of TACOSEN. Let's just cross our fingers that he will dress up (or down) as an anime character soon... He makes one good Gray Fullbuster here, would you agree?

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Eyes of a Child

I was asked to take pictures of a birthday party last Saturday. It was held in Forest Hills, a resort here in Davao. The place is moderately priced and for the entrance fee of 100 pesos, one can take advantage of their pool. So there I was, snapping pictures of my friend's family and friends and all those people who attended the party. The one who took my interest that day, however, were the kids.

They say that the eyes are the window to the soul and when you take pictures of kids, you'll easily see the innocence showing in their eyes. They are really cute and some of them are really natural in front of the lens.

Here are my shots of kids in their natural environment...

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